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Rebecca Pride

Course Leader – MA Historical Costume

BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Studies, Higher Diploma in Fine Art (HDFA) Slade, PGCE, SFHEA, Doctor of Education (2019-2023)

Rebecca Pride graduated as a theatre designer from the Slade School of Fine Art, then in 2005, after 17 years in industry, Rebecca joined the Arts University Bournemouth as a lecturer, becoming course leader for BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design in 2009. Rebecca became an Associate Professor in 2020 and now focuses fill time on the MA Historical Costume course within The Graduate School.

In 2018, the BA course she led was awarded a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Distinguished degree level education in Costume Design for the leading UK creative industries.

Rebecca curated the Drawing Theatre: Pamela Howard installation in 2016 in The Gallery (2016), creating an illustrated journal for the event: exhibited at PQ19 as part of the ‘The Best Performance Design & Scenography Publication Exhibition.’

Rebecca authored The Costume Supervisor’s Toolkit: Supervising Theatre Costume Production from First Meeting to Final Performance. Rebecca now leads the MA Historical Costume course at Arts University Bournemouth and is an Associate Professor in costume practice.

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) (2017–Present) (2017–Present)
  • Chair of The Associated Courses of Theatre Design (ACTD) (2011–2013) (2011–2013)
  • Full member of USITT (United States Institute of Theatre Technology) (2009–Present)
  • Associate Professor -The Graduate School, Arts University Bournemouth (2020-Present)

  • The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, for 'Distinguished degree level education in costume design for the UK's leading creative industries. (2016–2018)

My primary research focus has been developing research into effective teaching methodologies for designers and costume supervisors. This work formed the body of my PGCE thesis on the idea of developing ‘Designer thinking’ amongst student scenographers. I have also created work that examines ‘Drawing as practice’. In March 2016 I curated the Drawing Theatre: Pamela Howard installation which was the culmination of a very productive creative collaboration between myself and Visiting Professor Pamela Howard OBE. I have edited and contributed to a publication to accompany the event. This followed a collaborative exhibition (between BA Costume and Performance design, BA Fashion and BA Textiles), entitled A Stitch in Line in November 2015, that examined stitch as a medium for creating art. This exhibition was sited within The Gallery at AUB.

I am now studying for a Doctorate in Education and my primary research question is to examine the costume fitting process within an autoethnographic framework from the position of Costume designer, supervisor and maker, under the title of Intimate scenography.


I have written a book entitled, The Costume Supervisor’s Toolkit: Supervising Theatre Costume Production from First Meeting to Final Performance. This work was the focus of an AUB research fellowship that I was awarded in 2016.

  • Drawing Theatre: Pamela Howard Published 2016 (Editor)
By text + work, The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth. ISBN: 978-0-901196-72-9
  • Blue Pages: Journal for The Society of British Theatre Designers 2013 (Summer edition) ‘Exploitation or Opportunity? the ethics of Higher Education Institutions promoting student/graduate volunteers’
  • The ‘Backstory’ case studies, Modip museum, AUB
  • Computer modelling of Theatrical sets. EG UK Theory and Practice of Computer Graphics (2010) Theatre and Performance Research Association Conference (September 2010) (Scenography Working Group).
  • Computer Modelling in the Set Design Workflow, Rebecca Pride, Will Hargreaves and Ian Stephenson Arts University College, Bournemouth, UK National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University, UK.

I have also designed and produced a variety of creative projects including:

  • 2019 Barbie film project: Producer
  • 2017 Wimbledon Film: Producer
  • 2015 Storytelling from and Original Point of View: Producer
  • 2014 The Women: Costume designer
  • 2014 La Passarella film project: Producer
  • 2013 Reverie film project: Producer
  • 2012 Vampyr film project: Producer
  • 2011 Moulin Rouge film project: Producer
  • 2010 The First Arabian Night: Set designer
  • 2010 The Ballroom of Illusion film project: Producer